Warm Thanks to the Fall 2016 Intern, Rebecca Woodruff

Posted in site information by Editor on January 18, 2017

img_6579As Enfilade’s readership continues to grow, I receive more and more items to post. I wouldn’t want it any other way (and please keep the news coming), but it does mean that interns have become an increasingly helpful part of managing the site. I’ve therefore been most grateful for all Rebecca Woodruff has done to keep the ship afloat over the past six months! Rebecca is one of my students, and I had the good fortune of getting to know her better during a May interim course based in Stockholm, looking particularly at country houses and palaces (it was with Rebecca and a handful of other students I first visited Gustav III’s Museum of Antiquities, one of the really extraordinary museum spaces of the eighteenth century). As an aside, I’m also pleased to report that Rebecca will be presenting a paper for the undergraduate panel at the meeting of this year’s Midwest Art History Society (in April, at Cleveland and Oberlin)! She’s done a fabulous job as an intern.

Many thanks, Becca!

–Craig Hanson

Conference | Early Modern Viewers and Buildings in Motion

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on January 18, 2017

From H-ArtHist:

Early Modern Viewers and Buildings in Motion
St. John’s College, University of Cambridge, 25 February 2017

Registration due by 12 February 2017

Movement, both literal and metaphorical, lies at the heart of early modern European architectural theory, design and experience. Architectural authors invoked the notion of progress as temporal motion, structured their books as tours of buildings, and followed the ancient Roman Vitruvius in explaining how to manipulate the motions of winds through building design. Simultaneously, poets led their readers on tours of house and estate, and Aristotelian as well as mechanistic philosophers averred that motion was inherent to human perception from particle vibrations in one’s senses to neural vibrations in one’s brain. Across a range of scales in actual lived experience, moreover, viewers and buildings were frequently in motion; people walked through built spaces, interiors contained portable furnishings, and travellers and prints circulated ideas of buildings internationally.

This conference seeks to examine the range of scales, media, and theoretical discussions which foreground early modern intersections of architecture and motion. In so doing, it both puts into motion the usually static viewer and building of historical narratives and merges often independent yet overlapping strands of analysis—for instance, the ‘mobile viewer’ studied by art historians Michael Baxandall and Svetlana Alpers and the tensions surrounding early modern globalization discussed by cultural historians. These and other strands of inquiry are brought together by an international, interdisciplinary group of speakers examining case studies encompassing England, France, Italy, German-speaking areas, and the New World during the fourteenth through nineteenth centuries.

Supported by St. John’s College, University of Cambridge and by the Institute of Advanced Study, the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Durham University.

The fee, which includes lunch and refreshments, is £15. More information is available here»


9.30  Registration

10.00  Welcome | Frank Salmon (University of Cambridge) and Kimberley Skelton (Durham University)

10.05  Session 1 | Chair: Kimberley Skelton (Durham University)
• Allison Stielau (University College London), The Censer as Mobile Mini-Building, Swung Structure, and Producer of Olfactory Space
• Andrew Chen (University of Cambridge), Fourteenth-century Ascetic Imagery in a Staircase at Santa Maria della Scala, Siena
• Donal Cooper (University of Cambridge), Fleeting Visions: Occluded Altarpieces and Mobile Eyes in the Italian Renaissance Church Interior

11.30  Coffee

12.00  Session 2 | Chair: Frank Salmon (University of Cambridge)
• Stefano Cracolici (Durham University), The Poliphilo Syndrome
• Kimberley Skelton (Durham University), Sensory Vibrations and Social Reform at San Michele a Ripa in Rome
• Bram Van Oostveldt (University of Amsterdam/Leiden University), Frantic Memories and Excessive Objects: Monicart’s Versailles immortalisé ou les merveilles parlantes de Versailles (1720)

1.30  Lunch

2.30  Session 3 | Chair: Donal Cooper (University of Cambridge)
• Caroline van Eck (University of Cambridge), Moving through Space and Time: Immersive Spaces at the Hôtel de Beauharnais in Paris
• Edmund Thomas (Durham University), Movement Through Ruins: Re-experiencing the Antique in Eighteenth-Century Travelogues
• Rebecca Tropp (University of Cambridge), Movement and the Central Core: Design Principles in the Country Houses of John Nash

4.00  Tea

4.30  Session 4 | Chair: Stefano Cracolici (Durham University)
• Daniel Jütte (New York University/University of Cambridge), Entering the Early Modern City: Gates as Sites of Passage
• James Campbell (University of Cambridge), Libraries in Motion
• Emily Mann (University of Kent), From Ship to Shore: The Architecture of Early Modern Trading Companies

6.00  Wine Reception

Call for Papers | The Street and the City: Thresholds

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on January 18, 2017

From the conference website:

The Street and the City: Thresholds
University of Lisbon, 5–7 April 2017

The Street and the City: Thresholds is the second of a series of multidisciplinary conferences with special emphasis on cities and the life that has evolved around them through time. Although English studies play a central role in this conference series from both cultural and geographical points of view, other fields of study relating to the conference theme are welcome. The first International Conference The Street and the City: Awakenings drew participants from a wide array of disciplines, such as literature, architecture, sociology, tourism or gender studies, to name but a few. This second conference aims for a comprehensive view of the street and the city focusing on its streets and people as well as on its less known spaces and hidden gems.

Throughout the centuries cities have been hubs of cultural experience and exchange, bringing people together time and again. The streets have been the public space where peoples and individuals both merge in a web and are isolated in the crowd. Cities have also channelled the voices of unsatisfied or rebellious citizens in periods of crises, or become a platform for gathering collective support in dire moments. In times of such conflicts, cities open up spaces for hope and multicultural dialogue. Such dynamics and challenges of an urban milieu constantly pose new questions to researchers concerning, for example, aspects of aesthetic and political representation, and the ways they are interpreted and experienced. Thus, studies of such currents and challenges have become highly diversified, promoting a variety of perspectives of the space we identify ourselves with.

Lisbon is the 2017 Ibero-American Capital of Culture, in the words of the City Council, an “event [which] will be the catalyst for a year of artistic innovation, in which there will be recognition of the historical processes and exchanges of ideas that underpin the relationships between European and American cities, and an acknowledgement of current artistic production, which is unique and intrinsically diverse.” In this sense, we wish to welcome everyone to share this urban atmosphere, which goes beyond the boundaries of Europe and connects the city in a global way.

The Second International Conference The Street and the City: Thresholds will take place at the School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon, and at the Estoril Higher Institute for Tourism and Hotel Studies from 5 to 7 April 2017.

This scholarly meeting keeps its primary goal of fostering an interdisciplinary debate within English studies and of serving as a productive space for disseminating the most recent academic research alongside the studies of culture, urban studies and other fields of interest in relation to cities, their spaces and cultures. While encouraging the interchange of different academic perspectives, the Organising Committee also aims to promote informal networking gatherings among its participants. As such, topics and themes of interest—related to the Street and/or the City—include, but are not restricted to, the following:
• Aesthetic Representations of the City
• Cities as Havens of Hope or Despair
• Streets and Cities as Hives of Negotiation
• Gendered Urban Spaces
• Imagined Cities
• Literary Cities
• Mobility in the City and Urban Flows
• Streets, Consumerism and Fashion
• Sustainable Cities
• The City and Community Expressions
• The City and the Commons
• The Street and the Senses
• The Political Street
• The Tourist and the Flâneur
• Urban Cultural Heritage
• Urban Rhythms

We welcome suggestions for papers, pre-organised panels, and roundtables (20 minutes per speaker) by 28th February 2017, to be submitted on the conference webpage. Abstracts of 300 words for individual papers of twenty-minute duration. Please include the full title of your paper, name, institutional affiliation, contact information (postal address and e-mail address) and a bionote (max. 100 words).